Spinal decompression treatment was FDA cleared back in 1996. It is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat bulging and herniated discs in the neck and low back. This drugless and non-invasive treatment has no side effects. Over the past 15 years its popularity has been rising as it represents an excellent alternative to surgery. The cost of spinal decompression is less than 5% of the cost of surgery, and the risk profile is very low.
The science behind spinal decompression works the same for both cervical and lumbar. Spinal Decompression Therapy is designed to take the pressure off the bulging disc and compressed nerves by slowly and gently stretching the spine at a certain angle followed by cycles of partial relaxation. This pattern of distraction and relaxation creates a “vacuum effect” or negative intra-discal pressure.
Nerve damage caused by severe pressure to the cervical nerve roots is known as Cervical Radiculopathy. Symptoms are pain, numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in the regions of the shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers. Common causes include disc bulging, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and facet syndrome.
As the session of Spinal Decompression start, you will notice a slow lengthening in your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. Treatment sessions last between 20 and 45 minutes. Patients often fall asleep during treatment, because it is safe and relaxing. A typical treatment regimen consists of about 15-25 sessions over 4-6 weeks. Length of treatment depends on how advanced and severe the spinal injury is.
Spinal decompression is often performed in conjunction with other pain management treatments. These may include chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, acupuncture, interferential treatment, ice, or heat. With spinal decompression therapy, patients have a very good chance of avoiding surgery while being able to return to work, playing with kids, and getting back to your workout.